April 5, 2005
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Pakistani women's rights activist Farida Shaheed will speak on “Women's Rights Activists in Muslim Contexts: Being the Other in State and Society” on Wednesday, April 6, at 8 p.m. in the Alumni House at Amherst College. This event, sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Department at Amherst College, the Department of Politics at Mount Holyoke College and the Five College Women's Studies Research Center, is free and open to the public.

Shaheed, a sociologist by training and activist by choice, is senior coordinator of Shirkat Gah, the Women's Resource Centre in Lahore, Pakistan. She is a founding member of the Women's Action Forum that led women's resistance to martial law in Pakistan and is a coordinator of Women Living Under Muslim Laws, the international network for information, solidarity and support. She is the author of Women of Pakistan: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? and numerous articles and reports on women's rights, culture, law and politics in Pakistan.